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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Title by Any Other Name

Eponymous [uh-pon-uh-muhs]!  Yep, there it is.  That word that mocks me with its four syllables and that Y in the middle.  What is it about a word with a Y in the middle that makes it seem so exotic or scientific?  So highbrow?

I’ve read it for years, but never really heard it pronounced.  At least I’ve never made the connection between hearing this word and its spelling, much like segue or queue.  I finally hit my tipping point while reading the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.  There it was again – EPONYMOUS.  I had to look it up.  This book is stretching my mental capacity as it is. 

I want to give you a few hints first.  If you can figure this out on your own you’ll be much more likely to remember it.  I’m all about you learning as much as I do.  Ready?

I am the eponymous author of this blog.

Romulus was the eponymous founder of Rome.

The eponymous Gilmore girls will live on in television history and our hearts.

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Getting it?  To be EPONYMOUS is to give your name to something or to be the title character of a book, song, play…  Frankly, self-titled or namesake might be better choices for the sake of clarity.  When you want to use those 50 cent words, or if the tone is a bit more stilted, eponymous will fit the bill.

I hope that you’ve learned something and gained a little more confidence.  That can come in handy if for example, you have your own eponymous blog.  I hope that I’ve used this word correctly throughout.  If not, please let me know.  Correction is such a huge part of learning.  I promise it won’t hurt my feelings one bit.


  1. Honestly, I have never seen this word before in my life!!! But I do have an eponymous blog. You should check it out sometime. I think you might like it! :)

    1. I almost included you in this post, but I thought I'd let you figure it out for yourself. Nice work!! And I agree, everyone should check out